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Hello there. Does anyone have any experience or opinions on Brunton Spotting Scopes. I  have heard some good things, but they just don't ever seem to be mentioned much when quality scopes are being discussed. I have been saving and have about $1200.00 to $1500.00 to spend. I will be hunting mostly wide open spaces in Wyoming and am really interested in at least a 60X option. The Brutnon scopes have caught my eye because they are made here in Wyoming, but it would be nice to get some expert advice. Thank you!
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Welcome to the OT!
 
It is hard to beat the Zen Ray ED2 or Vortex Razor HD in that price range.
 
I have not used the Brunton spotters.  They do look interesting, but I would be surprised if they were made in Wyoming ... if that matters.
 
Another option would be the new Minox spotter:
 
 
I haven't tried that one either, but like the specs, and that is a well-respected company as well. 
 
 
 
 
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I have a Brunton spotter I use at the range....only. It's ok but not great. I'm pretty sure mine is NOT made in Wyoming (more like China LOL). For hunting, I'd look more towards the ones Bitterroot mentioned above. 
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 Thank You for the input, I will absolutely check out the Zen Ray and Vortex. Which Brunton scope are you using at the range?   Oh yeah, Brunton scopes actually are made in Riverton Wyoming, maybe hard to believe but true. They are a significant employer in the Riverton area. Please keep the info flowing, I appreciate the non-bias views of experienced scope users!
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From my research, it appears their Echo line is made in China, and their Eterna line is made in Japan. The Eterna is supposed to be very good, on par or slightly better than the Bushnell Elite. However, it is a few years old, and I would definitely take a look at newer offerings, such as those mentioned, like the Vortex Razor HD, maybe even the Viper HD.

Not positive, but I read the new Minox wasn't actually available yet, and was going to have some changes made before it was released. Might be next year before it's available. Someone correct me, if it's available already.
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Originally posted by tjseven tjseven wrote:

 Thank You for the input, I will absolutely check out the Zen Ray and Vortex. Which Brunton scope are you using at the range?   Oh yeah, Brunton scopes actually are made in Riverton Wyoming, maybe hard to believe but true. They are a significant employer in the Riverton area. Please keep the info flowing, I appreciate the non-bias views of experienced scope users!


Brunton Echo  12-36 X 50


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Originally posted by tjseven tjseven wrote:

   Oh yeah, Brunton scopes actually are made in Riverton Wyoming, maybe hard to believe but true. They are a significant employer in the Riverton area.
They probably have a facility there and they probably do some assembly, and maybe some repair  there.  They may even make some compoments there, but no US optics outfit makes glass for their own optics.  I think Brunton is like Leupold who has a big facility in Portland, OR or Kruger who has a smaller facility in Sisters, OR.  They can design and engineer as well as assemble, and they probably have a CNC shop where they can make a lot of things, but glass has to come from elsewhere.  They will almost certainly give the production of a certain designs out to a foreign source. 

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You are correct, much of their internal parts are made in Japan, and they do the assembly work in Wyoming. They are however, an American Co. and own manufacturing plants in Japan which provide much of their parts inventory. Ryan Perry, at Brunton will actually take the time to correspond with anyone via e-mail and give you alot of useful info if you are so inclined. I just don't know if he is non-biased when it comes to comparing his products with others.  I did not mean to provide mis-information. ( Please excuse me).    However, I would still love to have some non-bias information on how these scopes (Kind of made in America, LOL) work compared to other top of  the line scopes out in the field. Thanks again!!!Big Smile
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